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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2019|01:50 am]
Someone has charitably put Michael Moore’s recent Fahrenheit 11/9 on Youtube:

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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2019|02:52 am]
An example of partisanship: hosts of The Young Turks attack Dave Rubin for appearing on some Brasilian TV channel. They show 10-15 seconds of him talking to an interviewer about the problems he sees with traditional media, then roast him for appearing on a Brasilian network:

I understand they’ve fallen out with Rubin a long time ago; but here they are reviling him essentially for the sole fact of appearing on a Brasilian network with his regular message. It’s like with anyone appearing on RT, or like with Wodehouse broadcasting from Berlin — the message is almost irrelevant, the medium itself becomes the message.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2019|02:30 am]
Found someone’s repo with code that accompanies that haskelly JS course.
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(no subject) [Jan. 14th, 2019|01:29 am]
The media, always happy to gossip and gloat, is gleefully reporting that the Cold Spring Harbor laboratory stripped James Watson of some of his honors because of the "racist" remarks he made again recently (they forced him into retirement when he previously said that different races, due to their different genetic makeup, may have different level of intelligence). As usual, very few articles point to the source of these recent remarks. Apparently, he said something in a recently released PBS documentary about him (which is region-restricted, so it’s only a matter of time before this Youtube copy that someone made is deleted):

(I guess the relevant part is at 1h 14min 56sec of the video)
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2019|07:23 pm]
A great episode of Joe Rogan Experience with Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay discussing hoax articles they submitted to academic journals in various social studies disciplines (cultural studies, gender studies, etc.), of which some got published. It’s beautiful and hilarious:

There’s a Wikipedia page discussing their experiment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grievance_Studies_affair

Boghossian, it seems, is now having troubles at his Portland State University, where the ethics committee is accusing him of various misconducts related to this experiment.
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2019|04:58 am]
Brexit: The Uncivil War with Benedict Cumberbatch, that came out this Monday on the British Channel 4, is actually pretty enjoyable. There was fear that this was going to be a propaganda movie, and yes, it does present many participants of the Leave campaign as buffoons, but the central characters are sufficiently well developed to be interesting, and the visuals are reminiscent of The Death of Stalin. I liked it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2019|03:02 am]
BBC reporter: The Youtube phenomenon is global. After English, Spanish is its biggest language, and that's why we are here, in Mexico.

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You are in Mexico because Spanish is second most popular Youtube language after English? What kind of causal relationship is that?

(Also, it's probably the first time I heard the word "influencers" applied to popular youtubers. I wonder whether it's a substitution/euphemism for celebrity or whether it carries some different connotations.)
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2019|01:28 am]
"Dems change House rules to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear", says a headline.

I used to think the (Western) world was getting more and more secular. Perhaps it is. But this news made me wonder whether the current trend of left-inspired tolerance runs counter to that. Somehow tolerance to religion is "progressive".
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2019|02:43 am]
Stephen Kinnock: This week our cross-party group Norway Plus published Common Market 2.0, a clear plan that respects 52-48 mandate, addresses concerns about free movement, protects jobs in my Aberavon constituency and helps to re-unite our deeply divided country. If the Prime Minister’s deal is rejected on Tuesday, will she then give the House the opportunity to vote on a range of the options including Common Market 2.0, and will she be giving her benches a free vote on those options?

Theresa May: ...right honourable gentleman, as he knows, I am working to ensure that the deal that has been negotiated by the UK government with the European Union is voted positively on by this Parliament, because it is a good deal, it does what he wants, it protects jobs and security; it also delivers in full on the referendum result, which is a key issue, I believe we owe it to people to deliver what they wanted, which was control of money, borders, and laws, and that's what the deal does.


But this is clearly not what the question was about. The question was about what happens if May’s deal, however wonderful, is rejected. Why is it normal for politicians to evade direct questions (I remember Kavanaugh do it, and Hillary do it) instead of, for example, acknowledging the question and saying that they cannot answer it at the moment? This pretend loss of ability to recognize what is being asked, how has it become the norm for people who are supposed to be rational thinkers and make rational decisions?
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2019|03:19 am]
Someone — bless his soul — ripped an Egghead course on using an algebraic data types library to build a game. This is a pretty trippy video of rather haskelly functional programming done in javascript, which is fun to watch, although I can barely keep up with what he is doing. Couldn't find a repo with the code, which would have made things much simpler.

It’s a shame the crocks library he is using is not typed.

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